Some films rip your heart out and keep it on the table as it lies beating. You watch in frozen fascination, knowing it will eventually stop. You know the story of how Jessica Lal was murdered. You also know the guilty will eventually be punished. Yet from the minute the phone rings by Sabrina Lal's bedside, the viewer is in the grip of a high fever. The pace is frenetic, the language forceful, the collapse of witnesses shocking. Yeh hawa nahin, aandhi hai, says a nameless politician from the high command to the killer's minister father.
The film opens with the news of Jessica's death reaching her sister, and quickly flashbacks to the incident where the model bartender was shot at point blank range for refusing a drink to a politician's son after the bar had been closed. The court case follows, where the accused is allowed to walk free, because witnesses have been intimidated or paid off. The only compelling character in this track is a cop (played by Rajesh Sharma), who in one of the film's best-directed scenes tells Sabrina he accepted a bribe to not hurt the accused while recording his statement.
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